Govt plans to provide basic amenities along Mughal Road

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Government authorities have started work on a well-devised multi-dimensional plan aimed to provide basic amenities en route the Mughal Road. The plan involving different government departments was recently finalised by district administration Poonch after a high level team of the Governor administration headed by Advisors K Vijay Kumar and KK Sharma took first hand review of the facilities along the road on May 15.

Commissioner Secretary, Forest Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Suresh Chungh accompanied both the Advisors.

During their visit, the Advisors discussed connectivity issues and paramedical facilities along the Mughal Road.  

The development of tourism along the Mughal Road including at Pir Ki Gali was also discussed at the review meeting, sources said.

The Advisors directed the officers to prepare a plan to ease the journey of passengers on the Road.

Meanwhile, after long exercise, district administration Poonch is ready with the plan for which work has also been started, sources said.

Official sources said the Governor administration has directed district administration Poonch to ensure that public utilities infrastructure is raised along the Road in a time bound manner and all other development works included in the plan are taken on speedy scale and completed at an earliest.

Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Rahul Yadav told Greater Kashmir that the government authorities have started the construction of temporary shelters and toilets en route the Road as an immediate measure.

He said the work for temporary shed and temporary toilets has been started while water supply has been made.

We will complete the construction of temporary toilets and shelters in this month and will go for construction of bio-toilets next month, Yadav said.

He said availability of tents is also consideration. “Almost all the land along the Mughal Road is either the forest land or the wild life sanctuary land, due to which immediate construction of concrete structures is not possible and case for land transfer from the Forest Department will soon be initiated.”

About the unavailability of mobile phone network, Yadav said the authorities have taken up the issue with all cellular companies.

“We are hopeful that the Mughal Road will soon have proper mobile network connectivity,” he added.

He said the administration is going to provide temporary towers, cell on wheel, as of now.

Pertinent to mention that the historic Mughal Road connects Poonch  district of Jammu province with Shopian of Kashmir thereby serving as an alternative road to Jammu Srinagar National Highway via Ramban.